The president made a statement on Russia’s “uncontested arrival” into the Crimea, Friday, that was assailed by critics for being shockingly weak – “flaccid” even – according to Charles Krauthammer.
Krauthammer spoke with Fox News’ Bret Baier on a panel with Washington Post columnist Charles Lane and National Review’s Jonah Goldberg. He expressed dismay at President Obama’s tepid condemnation of Russia’s incursion into southern Ukraine.
“The Ukrainians — and I think everybody — are shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statements,” Krauthammer began. “I find it rather staggering . . . What he’s saying is we’re not going to really do anything, and we’re telling the world.”
Jonah Goldberg said that Obama’s reluctance to take a hard line against Putin’s actions in Ukraine unsurprising. “When you listen to Barack Obama talk about this stuff, you get the sense that he as no — I’m sure he knows these things, but you get no sense that he very much cares . . . all of his foreign policy has been through the prism of domestic politics.”
Krauthammer agreed, claiming the international community is now unlikely to strongly condemn Russian aggression. “The world always waits for the signal,” he explained. “You could not have issued a more flaccid statement than what Obama did. Why did he issue it at all? He should’ve just stayed at the White House and gone off and had his happy hour with the Democrats.”
A writer from Time tweeted out this compare/contrast photo of Obama and Putin, which he thought captured the moment:
not a character judgment, but this does kind of capture the moment pic.twitter.com/aTTUVRLYqu
— Michael Crowley (@CrowleyTIME) March 1, 2014
It’s panic time at the White House. Even the mainstream media is noticing that Obama looks weak, and not in control.
On Saturday, Obama made a call to Putin, to express his “deep concern” and he made sure the White House photographer was there to record the occasion.
The White House called Russia’s recent aggression a “clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity” and a breach of international law.
The White House said the U.S. is suspending preparations for the upcoming Group of Eight summit in June in Sochi, Russia, in response to Russia’s actions.
“President Obama made clear that Russia’s continued violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would negatively impact Russia’s standing in the international community,” the White House said.
Mr. Obama spoke with the Russian leader for 90 minutes. The White House said the U.S. condemns Russia’s military intervention into Ukrainian territory.
Putin declared he had the right to intervene and quickly secured a unanimous yes vote from his parliament. (For some excellent analysis on the situation see Spengler at PJ Media: Ukraine is Hopeless, but Not Serious)
The White House released a staged propaganda photo of the president on his phone call with Vladimir Putin. Some Journalists expressed their puzzlement on Twitter. Why release it?
Don’t really get why the White House released this pic of Obama talking to Putin. Superficial PR? What gain? pic.twitter.com/P7HfPhGiF1
— Paul Lewis (@PaulLewis) March 1, 2014
— Jim Richardson (@jimrhiz) March 2, 2014
The Obama White House releases photos like this one to make Obama look like a strong leader – and possibly to a send a message other leaders.
Who can forget bat-wielding Obama from August 2012:
Barack Obama’s publicity team were thrown a curve ball this week when a photo of the president holding a baseball bat intended to promote friendship with an important ally did just the opposite.
Speaking with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Monday about the escalating crisis in Syria, Obama was photographed holding a baseball bat signed by legendary player Hank Aaron.
In the shot, the president looks relaxed and contemplative. But some Turkish leaders didn’t seem to think so.
“The photo reveals from whom our Prime Minister receives orders to rule the country,” Metin Lutfi Baydar, an opposition politician for Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) party, said in a statement.
In Obama’s latest “publicity photo” he’s traded in his “mom jeans” for a pair of manly levis with a denim shirt to go with them. Why was he wearing jeans in the Oval Office?
Is he trying to look like a “cowboy?”
Remember how much the left mocked and decried the vulgar and undiplomatic “cowboy diplomacy” of simpletons like GW Bush:
And Ronald Reagan:
What message is Obama trying to send in his tough guy jeans?
Here’s the message his Sec. of State is sending:
@jimgeraghty HAHAHA No, what did Kerry *really* say?
— Moe Lane (@moelane) March 2, 2014
Actually, THIS is what a Regime looks like when it’s acting out of weakness:
Putin invades the Crimea; Obama Administration seizes an opportunity to….bash George W Bush. These people are awful. https://t.co/3YyFmJGJI2
— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) March 2, 2014
When George W. Bush first met Vladimir Putin in 2001, Bush said that he “got sense of [Putin’s] soul.”
As one “senior administration official” is quoted as demonstrating, no situation is ever too dire to avoid taking a swipe at George W. Bush:
Asked if Putin is listening, sr admin official: “We in this administration have not made it a practice to look into Vladimir Putin’s soul.”
— Jim Acosta (@JimAcostaCNN) March 2, 2014
@AsheWhi seriously, that was pathetic, they don’t know what to do about Putin so bash Bush
— Christine (@cmdeb) March 2, 2014
They know Putin respected Bush.
We are in the best of hands…
photoshop via Chicks on the Right
This just in via The People’s Cube: Russia capitulates, annexes itself to Greater Ukraine:
Putin has announced that the whole of Russia will capitulate and annex itself to the entirety of Ukraine.
In a sullen press conference, Putin indicated that the transitional agreement calls for relocating the Ukrainian capital to Moscow, adding that he has stepped down as president of Russia and has been appointed president of greater Ukraine effective immediately.
MSNBC editorial staff agree that this indeed a glorious day for Greater Ukraine and Obama’s brilliant foreign policy, which has once again defeated the great bear of the east.
Daaaang…the “Cowboy diplomacy” worked, after all.